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The Kraken Files March 2019: Your Form Sucks

  Steph has a really good bit of advice this month. It applies primarily to those training for bodybuilding, but will benefit all of us. Check it out!     I’m no pro, by far, but since I have been lifting for 18 years, a good amount of it done powerlifting and bodybuilding, I do

The Kraken Files February 2019: Get a Program You Bum

This month, Steph rambles on about programming. Do it yourself, or get it from us. TPSMethod.com notes: Of course we want you to use ours, but we don’t edit our authors. Steph gives some great advice, but we are here to help if you need it.    I am not going to lie, I spent

Let’s Just Cut the Shit and Lift

The Kraken Files: January 2019—Let’s Just Cut the Shit and Lift In this month's The Kraken Files, Steph addresses a topic that bugs a lot of people, and drives others this month. Give it a read and see where you stand. This month’s column actually came to me after talking with a friend, and soon

The Kraken Files: December 2018: To Train or Not to Train

This month Steph has some excellent advice and explanations on when to skip training. It’s a topic not touched on a lot, and she does an awesome job giving you some advice to be heeded.   This month I thought I would delve a bit into the issue of deciding when NOT to train, whether

The Kraken Files: August 2018

Note: Cutting is a bodybuilding term for dieting down to ridiculously low bodyfat levels. This is part two of an as-yet-undetermined-length series on everything that had to do with my first physique show, which I did June 9th. I covered general cutting/diet for the show last month, and this month I am going to address

The Kraken Files: Doing an Aesthetic Show

So. Some of you may have been watching as I prepped with a 4-5 month mild cut, 6 month bulk, then a 4-5 month cut into my first physique show. In fact, it was my first foray into aesthetic competition EVER, as for years I just lifted, then spent 5 years being a fluffy moose

The Kraken Files May 2018

This month I have decided to diverge a bit from the usual training and/or diet focused columns I tend to write, and instead write something a bit more philosophical, more a discussion piece on rectifying my feminism with engaging in aesthetic-focused lifting which will result in me wearing a dreaded sparkle bikini, on a stage,

2018-10-29T16:02:04-04:00April 24th, 2018|Categories: Featured, Women’s Fitness|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

The Kraken Files: April 2018: YOU CANNOT BUILD GREAT GLUTES WITH SQUATS ALONE.

I am pretty sure I have complained about this “lifting legend” at some point in the past (since I have complained about every subject under the sun at some time in my surly existence), but I decided now was the time to pause, take a deep breath, and get in a nice full rant on……

2018-10-29T16:02:23-04:00March 21st, 2018|Categories: Featured, Women’s Fitness|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

The Kraken Files March 2018: Why Do You Want to Be So Big?

When people ask me about lifting weights, bodybuilding, and powerlifting, they seem pretty ok with the idea that I lift…..but invariably, without fail, a certain percentage of people who stop me on the street to ask if I’m a “bodybuilder” (or a female wrestler, idk man) will ask me this: But……why do you want to

2018-10-29T16:02:35-04:00February 27th, 2018|Categories: Featured, Women’s Fitness|Tags: , , , , , |2 Comments

The Kraken Files: Are You a Bulking Asshole?

I get a lot of messages online asking me about gaining muscle mass, or rather, issues people are having with “bulking” and gaining QUALITY mass. I will ask a few questions, and pretty quickly I realize that all they are doing is dumping into their gullets MORE of the same crap food they have already

2018-10-29T16:02:41-04:00January 30th, 2018|Categories: Featured, Women’s Fitness|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments